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The CIFRA Consortium, whose partners are Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (DE), Telefónica Investigación y Desarrollo SA (ES), Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi (IT) and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (...
The Internet has created plenty of opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as it has revolutionised the dynamics of international commerce and is an excellent means to boost brand...
The Guidelines for Search and Examination at the EPO as PCT Authority have been amended. These Guidelines give instructions on the practice and procedure to be followed in various aspects of the...
DesignClass is the online search tool for harmonised product indications and has been designed to help users find product indications in the Harmonised Database that best match the goods to which a...
A number of amendments to the Common Regulations under the Madrid Agreement and Protocol entered into force on November 1, 2017. They aim at assisting IP Offices of Madrid System members and cover a...
On 24 October 2017 the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) launched a new report regarding intellectual property rights infringement and domain name abuse. Namely, in a two month...
The European Commission has announced how it will spend €30 billion of the EU research and innovation funding programme Horizon 2020 during 2018-2020, including €2.7 billion to kick-start a European...
As of 16 October 2017, The Patents and Trademarks Office of the Republic of San Marino (USBM) has made its trade mark and design data available to the TMview and Designview search tools. With the...
António Campinos, the current executive director of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), has been elected to become the next EPO president. Mr Campinos, who is a Portuguese...
EPO's SME case studies
Tuesday, 24.10.2017
The EPO has produced a series of case studies on European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) which are leveraging the power of patents and other IP rights to achieve business success. SMEs...
Tecnalia, a technological research and development centre, has received the highest award in the field of European innovation for its development of a failure prediction system for Industry 4.0...
The European Commission has opened a public consultation on the supplementary protection certificate (SPC) and the patent research exemption of SPCs. Citizens and stakeholders are invited to provide...
The European Commission created a Prize for Women Innovators in 2011 to increase public awareness of this issue and to encourage women innovators to exploit the commercial and business opportunities...
We are pleased to inform you that Issue 27 of the European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin has been published and is now available online. This Bulletin issue is largely dedicated to IP and innovation and...
Copyright essentials
Friday, 06.10.2017
Copyright is an intellectual property right (IPR) that grants authors, artists and other creators protection for their literary, artistic and scientific creations, generally referred to as “works”....
Best practices for European SMEs to get the most out of patents In a highly competitive business environment, Europe’s SMEs need to remain agile and responsive to market...
WIPO Translate
Tuesday, 26.09.2017
WIPO’s ground-breaking "artificial intelligence"-based translation tool for patent documents is now available in ten languages, marking an important expansion of the highest-quality service yet...
SME case studies
Tuesday, 26.09.2017
The European Patent Office (EPO), in close collaboration with renowned IP experts, has published a set of twelve case studies on a range of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from across...
The new EU Trade Mark Regulation (EUTMR) will enter fully into force next October 1, together with the Implementing Regulation and the Delegated Regulation.  This new legislative framework...
Luxinnovation, an organisation that contributes to the economic development of Luxembourg by fostering innovation, fuelling international growth and attracting foreign direct investment, has...